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On-line sales are now closed.  Tour tickets can be purchased at Central School.

Those who purchased tickets on-line are reminded to exchange your reciept for tour tickets at the "Will Call" desk which will be located at Central School.

While at Historic Central School, be sure to take time to enjoy refreshments, the Mardi Gras Tea Room as well as the Mardi Gras Museum.  Proceeds benefit the museum.

Souvenir Programs

Souvenir programs can be picked up (one per ticket) at will-call which will be located in Central School. 

All of the properties are within one block of Central. It's a one stop, one parking place tour!


Three downtown Lake Charles restaurants are being featured as Palm Sunday Brunch Partners for the 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes:


  • Restaurant 1910 at 949 Ryan, open 10:30 to 2, reservations at 337-602-6278
  • Cotten's Downtown, 110 W. Broad, open for diner-style-brunch 8 to 8
  • Momma Reta's Kitchen at 345 Broad Street, open 10:30 to 3 for Sunday lunch.

All three provide select and varied menu options for brunch or Sunday lunch. Tour patrons can chose from these Brunch Partner sites, or may avail themselves of a growing number of brunch restaurants in Lake Charles.

Each Brunch Partner restaurant provides a singular, unique and authentic dining experience: down-home Southern, upscale New American, and even nostalgic diner.

Momma Reta’s Kitchen is located in what was originally a retail block at the corner of Broad and Bilbo. Menu offerings include full-country cooking, special Sunday-lunch Mama Reta's Kitchenstyle. The building was once occupied by a Western Auto Store and has been successfully converted to a popular eatery downtown. Sunday hours will be 10:30 am to 3 pm, reservations are not required.

Restaurant 1910 is in the coveted corner location of the prestigious Phoenix Building with views of the Historic Calcasieu Courthouse and 1911 City Hall at Ryan and Kirby 1910logoin the heart of downtown. The restaurant offers a full range of specialty beverages and new American and unique new South delicacies. Sunday hours will be 10:30 am to 2 pm. Reservations are recommended, 337-602-6278.

Cotton’s Downtown occupies the diner space once occupied by Mary Ann’s Café, a long time Lake Charles institution. Owner Kate Cotten Breakfast on Broadenergizes her traditional Cotten family recipes with creative spins on traditional diner-style food. Sunday hours will be extended 8 am to 8 pm, to offer pre-tour brunch, post-tour and early supper options. Reservations not required, call for pre-orders 436-9115.

Tour Patrons are asked to identify themselves and show their tour tickets (or online vouchers) for best service at any of the Brunch Partner Restaurants.


Forty-one years ago, the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was envisioned and begun by three individuals—assisted by many others of course—but essentially the “baby” of Ann Rosteet Hurley, Reid Tyler, and Bill Terry.

Patrons enjoying the 2012 Palm Sunday Tour in Margaret Place. Photo by Cissy Guidry.At Bill Terry’s memorial service, stories were recounted of how the three “conspired” to showcase houses in what was then called “the Garden District”.   

Ann and Reid were locally born and bred, Bill was from Houston.  The three saw that this area had an immense inventory of older houses that could be wonderful homes for couples and families.  

They saw the beauty and charm in real craftsmanship, front porches, mature plantings, and sidewalks.  

They also knew the lure of the new subdivisions drawing people away from traditional neighborhoods.  

They concocted a tour in spring, on Palm Sunday when the azaleas would be in bloom, to encourage the public to re-think old houses and prove that they had charm and worth.

Photo by Cissy Guidry during the 2012 Tour of Homes in Margaret Place.



To enhance your tour experience, we offer some suggestions along with the "Rules of the House."

Tickets will be available at each of the homes.  You will recieve your program with your ticket. Those purchasing tickets on-line will receive programs at the will-call desk at Central School.

You may start at any of the homes on the tour, and you may choose the order in which you visit the properties.  

Rules of the House for Palm Sunday Tour of Homes

Docents will admit and assist you in navigating through the property.  Should lines be long at one house, consider visiting another house on the tour until the line is not as long. 

Please observe the following "Rules of the House":

  • We ask that you do not take photographs in any of the properties.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes without spike heels which can damage floors.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the houses on Tour.
  • No smoking or tobacco use of any kind on any of the private property on tour.
  • Please, no baby strollers inside the homes.
  • Some parts of the home are private and are not on tour;  please respect the  homeowners’ wishes and do not ask docents “for a peek” behind closed doors, upstairs, or past ribboned hallways. 
  • Please be careful when negotiating stairs.  Many historic homes have different levels.   

701 Kirby Street – Christian Science Church

23896 10151107798957749 812617749 nRegular Sunday services of the Church of Christ Scientist began in Lake Charles in 1890 and by 1906 the society began Wednesday night services.

The meeting hall located on Bilbo Street was destroyed by the hurricane of 1918. That horrible storm destroyed many structures in Southwest Louisiana and disrupted training at Gerstner Field, Louisiana's first military airbase. Gerstner was especially designed to train aviators and navigators for World War I.

In 1919, the undamaged officers' club building from Gerstner was purchased and relocated to this site, originally facing Ford Street.

Later renovations included rotating the structure to face Kirby Street, adding the steeple and crafting the brick veneer. The simple but impressive meeting hall is graced with individual seats from an early remodeling of the Arcade Theater. An example of good stewardship of resources, the church building is a early rare example of adaptive reuse: a military structure originally built for war converted into a place of worship!

CHPS acknowledges the kind cooperation provided by the leaders and members of the Christian Science Society in Lake Charles for opening their doors for the Palm Sunday Tour and sharing the remarkable story of their facility.


The 41st Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is supported in part by a grant from Allstate Insurance, in honor of the volunteer work of Agent Dean Day.